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Microbiology

Image: Photomicrograph of Treponema pallidum bacterial spirochetes, which exhibited their characteristic corkscrew shape using the dark field visualization technique (Photo courtesy of Louisa Lu, MD)

Recombinant Antigens Assessed for Serological Diagnosis of Syphilis

Syphilis is a chronic multisystemic disease caused by infection with the spirochete Treponema pallidum and acquired usually via sexual exposure or via vertical mother–fetus transmission or by blood transfusions. An estimated 18 million cases worldwide and 5.6 million new cases occur annually. More...
09 Aug 2022
Image: The iQ200 series automated urine microscopy analyzer produces shortened TAT with standardized results (Photo courtesy of Beckman Coulter)

Faster Method Diagnoses Pediatric Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) affect the urinary tract, including the bladder (cystitis), urethra (urethritis) or kidneys (kidney infection). UTIs may be treated with antibiotics, but they're not always needed. More...
01 Aug 2022
Image: The BIOSYNEX AMPLIQUICK Malaria is an in vitro molecular diagnostic test for the detection of the five species of Plasmodium (Photo courtesy of Biosynex)

Different Kits and PCR Methods Evaluated for Malaria Diagnosis

Malaria is an infectious disease considered as one of the biggest causes of mortality in endemic areas. This life-threatening disease needs to be quickly diagnosed and treated. The standard diagnostic tools are thick blood smears microscopy and immuno-chromatographic rapid diagnostic tests. More...
13 Jul 2022
Image: Symphony IL-6 test is intended for measuring IL-6 using whole blood (Photo courtesy of Bluejay Diagnostics)

Near-Patient Sepsis Triage Test Provides Results in 20 Minutes

A new test for sepsis triage that measures Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is designed to provide accurate, reliable results in approximately 20 minutes from ‘sample-to-result’ and help medical professionals make earlier and better triage/treatment decisions. More...
08 Jul 2022
Image: Smart CRP test gets green light for professional use (Photo courtesy of Bloom Diagnostics)

Smart Inflammation Test Provides Different CRP Ranges in Minutes

A novel C-reactive protein (CRP) test allows doctors and pharmacists to rapidly measure and quantify inflammation in anyone 18 years old and above. More...
07 Jul 2022
Image: Petri dish culture plate with bacterial colonial growth of Prevotella spp., The men with cancer had increased levels Prevotella-9 (Photo courtesy of Dr. V.R. Dowell)

Gut Microbiota Differ in Men With Prostate Cancer

Gut microbiota are the collection of microbes in the gastrointestinal tract and they affect processes and mechanisms in the body. The state of gut microbiota has been linked to many conditions, even in organs that are far from the intestines, but their role in prostate cancer is not understood. More...
06 Jul 2022
Image: Neo-Sensitabs are used for antibiotic susceptibility testing including azithromycin (Photo courtesy of Rosco)

ECOFF and AST Determined for Invasive Non-Typhoidal Salmonella

Invasive non-typhoidal Salmonella (iNTS) are a primary cause of bloodstream infections in low-resource settings (LRS).The global burden has been estimated at 535,000 iNTS cases and 77,500 deaths per year. In sub-Saharan Africa, most iNTS are multidrug-resistant and non-susceptibility to third generation cephalosporins and fluoroquinolones has emerged. More...
04 Jul 2022


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